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    Postpartum Depression - What Happens

    Symptoms of postpartum depression start in the weeks to months after childbirth, miscarriage, or stillbirth.

    In some cases, symptoms peak after slowly building for 3 or 4 months.

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    Understanding Postpartum Depression -- Diagnosis and Treatment

    Despite the fact that postpartum depression has long been known, many experts believe it is not being properly diagnosed. As knowledge about postpartum depression grows, more health care providers are looking for risk factors in their patients as early as their first prenatal care visit. If a woman is at risk, her health care provider can evaluate her moods throughout the pregnancy. After a woman gives birth, she and those close to her should watch for signs and symptoms of depression. Her health...

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    Postpartum depression makes it hard for you to function well. This includes caring for and bonding with your baby.

    In rare cases, dangerous postpartum psychosis symptoms can occur within the first few postpartum weeks, as soon as a few days after childbirth.

    Early treatment counts

    Early treatment is important for you, your baby, and the rest of your family. The sooner you start, the more quickly you will recover. And there's less chance that your depression will affect your baby. Babies of depressed mothers might be less attached to their mothers and might lag behind developmentally in behavior and mental ability.

    For more information about who is more likely to have postpartum depression, see What Increases Your Risk.

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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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